Cognitive Load vs. Load Time

eLearning Weekly

This article, by Eric Matas, is the first of a three part series on the Psychology of Elearning. Designers love a little cognitive load theory. Cognitive psychology certainly aims to give trainers such a look inside the brain. Cognitive load theory inspires designers to influence various neural systems so attention is focused and retention is optimal. Recently, wired with cognitive load theory, I made the perfect elearning course in Captivate. The lesson?

6 Lessons from the Trenches of Digital Learning Game Design at #ASTDTK14

Bottom-Line Performance

When we started, we found lots of books and articles on game design – but not much on learning game design. Here is a summary of six lessons we’ve learned. This lesson is a critical one. Some learning games – in fact, many learning games – require some “show” on how to play to minimize the learner’s cognitive load. Bottom-Line Performance has done simulation and learning game design for table-top/live events for many years.

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Management 3.0, Cognitive Load, Prototyping, Objects, Audio, & Broken

Big Dog, Little Dog

Reducing Extraneous Cognitive Load by Accounting for Individual Differences - Rob Barton. Even if you do not use XHTML, this article provides some good pointers on prototyping, sketching, iteration, etc. This article presents a practical framework for designing and implementing audio-based content, such as podcasts. Management 3.0 - Here We Are. Now What? Terrence Seamon writes that we are moving from Management 2.0 to Management 3.0:

Conveying Tacit Knowledge in eLearning

Integrated Learnings

In a May-June 2009 article printed in Organization Science, Nonaka suggests knowledge of wine tasting or crafting a violin as other examples of tacit knowledge. Think about it – fairy tales often convey a lesson without explicitly stating what the lesson was. Instructional Design Social Media Social Learning Scenario-Based Learning Storytelling Evaluation Tacit Knowledge eLearning Learning Theory Cognitive TheoryBy Shelley A. Gable.

Comic Books and eLearning: Lessons from Scott McCloud’s “Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art”

Convergence Training

And in that article, we promised to follow up with a second article that focuses on the classic book Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud. And we also promised that the second article would focus on some lessons from comic book design that we can apply to the design of eLearning other forms of learning. This, my friend, is that second article. Because that’s the whole point of this article. Review of the Definition and Lessons.

Get Your Audience Pumped: 30 Ways to Motivate Adult Learners

The eLearning Coach

Even if you provide a suggested order, allow learners to take lessons in a sequence that works for them. Related Articles: Characteristics of Adult Learners. Tags: COGNITION ISD RECENT ARTICLES Motivation is the force that drives people to fulfill a need. If you can tap into a learner’s intrinsic motivation—where an individual is rewarded by the learning itself or an internal goal—you’ve got it made.

An Exuberant discovery for Lonely and Stressed-out eLearners

Vignettes Learning

When students are engaged and motivated and feel minimal stress, information flows freely through the affective filter in the amygdala and they achieve higher levels of cognition, make connections, and experience "aha" moments. RAD I suggest you read Judy Willis full article on RAD The acronym RAD should remind educators of three important neuroscience concepts to consider when preparing lessons: Novelty promotes information transmission through the Reticular activating system.

3 Myths That Prevent You from Learning


But what about the quality of your productivity, more precisely your cognitive performance? To this question, the preliminary conclusions of the largest ever conducted study on sleep indicate that sleeping 7 to 8 hours a day would be necessary to enjoy an optimal cognitive performance. When these short sleepers are put in the laboratory, after two weeks, they sleep for 7 to 8 hours, and their cognitive performance improves. Articles Catherine Meilleur

How to Weave Hard Facts and Emotions into your eLearning Lessons

Vignettes Learning

Tecumseh Fitch is a professor of Cognitive Biology at the University of Vienna. In his article on learning instincts he argues that human beings have an innate instinct (nature) to learn and develop skills necessary for us to survive and flourish. As designers of learning, we can conclude here that to make our lessons more effective, we need to strike that balance between making our learners feel and retaining valuable information.

2018: This Year in Learning– 109 Curated L&D Articles from 2018

The Learning Dispatch

Below are our recommended learning and development articles from the past 12 months, including thought-provoking or simply fun articles related to the field.Did you have a favorite L&D post from 2017? Recommended Learning and Development Articles from Our Senior Learning Architect. Article Categories. In a recent article in Learning Solutions , she maps the intersection of artificial intelligence, learning, and accessibility.

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Top 70 eLearning Articles - Hot Topics: iPad Adobe Captivate - July 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

There’s been a lot of discussion around cognitive theory and “how the brain learns.&# The message is that higher incentives lead to poorer performance on even basic cognitive tasks. All these articles talk about the importance of usability testing, learnability testing for e-learning courses. Best of eLearning Learning. July 2010. Great stuff again this month. The following are the top items based on social signals.

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Universal Design for Learning: The Intersection of Flexibility and Specificity


Universal Design for Learning is a framework for optimizing the development of learning materials and learning design utilizing lessons learned through neuro, cognitive, and behavioral sciences. This article will dive into Representation At its core lie three principles: multiple means of Representation, Action/Expression, and Engagement.

The shape of minds to come

Learning with 'e's

She made some important contributions to his stages of cognitive development theory (which will be featured in greater depth in some upcoming articles on this blog). It could be argued that these decisions were made because of Inhelder and Piaget's cognitive stages theory. Deductive reasoning methods can therefore also be applied to good effect in just about any lesson on any subject. Image by Steve Wheeler This is number 17 in my series on learning theories.

What is a "Storyboard"? - Technology meets Education

At this stage, Storyboard is organized into chapters that better reflect the structure of the lesson. Titles are set on the slides, so that a proper flow when accessing the lesson – application is achieved. Finally examples that support and reinforce the cognitive assimilation of the learning objectives are also invented in this phase with the help of the SMEs. ArticlesDefinition - Purpose.

ARCS motivation model. What should be included in an a learning activity to make it more appealing? - Technology meets Education

It is noteworthy that Keller developed the model in response to previous behavioral and cognitive learning approaches that focused too much on external stimuli, not paying enough attention to students' motivations (Keller & Kopp, 1987). It is useful to have humorous reports that will maintain the interest and give a fun note to the activity / lesson. If students feel that they are not able to achieve the goals, then this will lead to reduced interest in the lesson.

Does Your Course Suffer from Learner Burnout?


Learners are more prone to be interrupted mid-lesson, and then have to pick up where they left of at a later date. Sometimes a new learner will sign up for a course and burn through several lessons, only to fall off the map after a week. Micro quizzes are a huge aid to learners in that they lower cognitive load and provide learners with an easy check-in point to make sure they’re properly understanding material.

[IN DEPTH ANALYSIS] Does a sense of community matter in online training?


Essential to the success of an online training course, the learner engagement involves several interacting dimensions: cognitive, behavioral, emotional and social or socio-emotional. While we looked at the first three in a previous article , we will explore here the latter. By proposing a broader vision of cognitive and emotional investment to the social dimension, they put forward the following hypothesis: We can invest in the task, both cognitively and emotionally.

Optimizing Ideation


Cognitively we talk about functional fixedness, set effects, and other such artifacts of our mental architecture. Sharing the lesson learned, regardless of outcome, is as important as the actual experiment. Articles Enterprise Learning Learning Corporate Training Design eLearning elearning advice Learning and developmentI’ve a personal mantra that you have to generate a lot of ideas to get a collection of good ones.

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What NOT to do in L&D


As do most articles in the L&D space, I frequently talk about what we should do. Tools like checklists, lookup tables, decision trees, how-to videos, procedure guides, and more all address gaps in our cognitive architecture. When done right, showing your work also creates ‘safety’, in that mistakes are visible but they’re used as lessons and not as shaming. Instead, you want to celebrate, not the mistake, but the lesson learned.

Do humour and learning mix well?


It is because it mobilizes some of the most sophisticated cognitive faculties in the speaker: self-awareness, mastery of the nuance of language, understanding of emotions and non-verbal language, spontaneity, empathy… and because it usually provokes in the recipient that most pleasant and valid reflex that is laughter! ” In his article Humour and Communication. Articles Catherine MeilleurLearning requires effort, and this is a serious activity.

Thoughts on new leadership in business and learning


Our understanding of cognition has changed from the model of formal logical reasoning to one of contextualized performance. When lessons learned are shared, everyone benefits from the mistake, and the cost is offset by the learning. Articles“…today’s business schools are busy teaching and researching 20th century management principles and, in effect, leading the parade towards yesterday.” – Steve Denning.

Microlearning Under the Microscope


You see it in magazine articles, conference talks, and of course vendor ads. It's about overcoming our cognitive limitations by putting information in the world. If you're like most of us, you participate in clubs, attend events, take some lessons maybe. Articles Learning Mobile LearningOf late, there's been a flurry of attention to the term 'microlearning'. And it has been portrayed as everything from the latest fad to the solution to all ills.

A Look Back At The Years Best From Learning Science And Instructional Design

Mike Taylor

Every Friday I post a weekly recap of the best articles, posts, and resources I find from the intersection of learning, design, and technology. Simplifying Cognitive Load Theory. Adam Boxer ( @adamboxer1 ) takes a stab and simplifying the cognitive load theory. John Sweller’s Cognitive Load Theory (CLT) may be the single most important thing for teachers to know, but it was not necessarily designed with teachers in mind.

New thoughts on design thinking


In the early 80’s, I read an article calling for a cognitive engineering: designing systems that matched how our brains work. One of the primary lessons from design thinking is the need to be more broadly inclusive in the exploration of potential solutions. Articles Course Design Enterprise Learning Learning Design design thinking

Helping Learners Pay More Attention: Can Classroom Strategies Work for e-learning?


In a classroom scenario, students are physically present in their classes, but not paying attention to all the lessons being taught. An article ‘Why can’t students just pay attention’ , throws light on the importance of increasing the attention span of the learners. How important is ‘attention’: There is a lot of modern research on attention in the cognitive psychology literature.

Applying The Subsumption Theory In eLearning


It centers on the idea that learners can more effectively acquire new knowledge if it is tied to their existing knowledge base, and that only unique information that stands out within the lesson is committed to memory. In this article, I’ll delve into the basics of the Subsumption Theory, and I’ll share 4 tips on how you can use it in your eLearning course design. The Acquisition and Retention of Knowledge: A Cognitive View: Springer.

Questions of the Week

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

My problem is I'm not sure how to get the lesson to stop playing while the student checks out the site. as it stands now, the lesson continues to play in the background. Regarding last week's informative article by Jennie Ruby ( Do You Need Both Screen Captions and Voiceover Narration? ). Cognitive constraints on multimedia learning: When presenting more material results in less understanding. Nine ways to reduce cognitive load in multimedia learning.

Learning Experience Design (LXD): An Overview and Best Practices

Hurix Digital

LXD, therefore, requires multidisciplinary expertise including knowledge of interactive design, neuroscience, cognitive psychology and teaching. Here, in this article, we discuss LXD best practices to create amazing experiences across multiple touchpoints including websites, apps and games.

5 reasons you should use ready-made online training courses for employees


Co-founder and CEO of Cultivate Joseph Freed, explains in this Forbes article how important it is to be aware of employees’ cognitive load. Each course in TalentLibrary , for instance, is made up of mini-lessons between 2-3 minutes each.

Microlearning: What It Is and What It Isn’t

Bottom-Line Performance

I hope this article will help you discover what microlearning is, what it’s not and how to effectively blend it into your 2017 strategies. Our brains constantly set priorities for us cognitively. Two years ago, BLP President, Sharon Boller, wrote an article for ATD on microlearning myths. You’ll have to either strip the content down to the essentials or break one longer course into several smaller micro-lessons.

Transform your PowerPoint into a PowerCast using Camtasia!

TechSmith Camtasia

He has also been published on The Educause Review twice, for articles titled Screencasting to Engage Learning and Creating a PowerPoint Screencast Using Camtasia Studio. For example, online resources, such as TeacherTube, Khan Academy, and YouTube provide thousands of streaming educational video clips for teachers to use in their lessons. For many teachers searching and prescreening videos that align to specific lesson objectives can be a very time-consuming task.

Increase Course Performance with These 7 Tips for Bite-Sized eLearning


This helps to prevent cognitive overload and ensures that they fully comprehend every idea and concept. An example of a spaced eLearning approach might be one microlearning lesson every day. For example, posting a link to a noteworthy eLearning article or video will give online learners the chance to expand their knowledge base. Once they have completed an eLearning lesson or module the system will automatically highlight that.

Microlearning Madness: 25 Great Resources

Knowledge Guru

It helps learners build on knowledge they already have and provides immediate access to short, targeted lessons and support materials. We’ve compiled 25 of our favorite microlearning articles to make it easier to learn about “bite-sized learning” and implement it effectively. This article isn’t going anywhere, so bookmark it for reference and come back whenever you need more inspiration!

Ruth Clark Claims “Games Don’t Teach”

Experiencing eLearning

Ruth Clark posted at ASTD an article titled “ Why Games Don’t Teach.” Students who played the Crystal Island game learned less and rated the lesson more difficult than students who viewed a slide presentation without any game narrative or hands on activities. Without seeing the full article, I can’t tell. an irrelevant treasure hunt, you’re adding cognitive load or at the least distracting the brain from the content.

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Why every enterprise needs VR-based learning


This is a synopsis of the article, “VR Training: The Scalable, Almost Real World Way to Learn,” featured on on July 11, 2019 and written by Dr. Michael Casale, Strivr’s Chief Science Officer. Read the full article. When used effectively, Virtual Reality can be invaluable as a learning tool due to a concept cognitive researchers refer to as “presence.”

The Secret To Shooting Company Productivity Through The Roof

Ed App

Amongst the plethora of benefits, it avoids cognitive overload. Cognitive overload occurs when the brain is fed too much information to the point where nothing is absorbed or old information is pushed out. In this article, we outline how microlearning significantly boosts your company’s productivity. When information is focused, more is gained out of the lesson in a shorter period of time.

eLearning statistics and trends: 2020

Ed App

This article uncovers the statistics to see how professional Learning & Development (L&D) have really shifted and how you can deliver the best training to your teams as a result. This is backed by cognitive results and our brains capability to focus.

What can you learn from a chatbot?

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

If I type 'discrimination' I get 3 articles (see image) The brain bot op Twitter. If you define learning broadly as "the process that leads to improvement in the capacity of people '(see Illeris ) with a cognitive, emotional and social component you could say chatbots help you find the right information, and hence the cognitive component (think of the CNN bot helping you find articles). Instead of conversation lessons, chatting for an hour with your chatbot.

Elearning Statistics 2020

Ed App

This article uncovers these statistics and more to see how professional Learning & Development (L&D) have really shifted and how you can deliver the best training to your teams as a result. This is backed by cognitive results and our brains’ capability to focus.

eLearning statistics and trends: 2020

Ed App

This article uncovers these statistics and more to see how professional Learning & Development (L&D) have really shifted and how you can deliver the best training to your teams as a result. This is backed by cognitive results and our brains’ capability to focus.